rabble blogs are the personal pages of some of Canada's most insightful progressive activists and commentators. All opinions belong to the writer; however, writers are expected to adhere to our guidelines. We welcome new bloggers -- contact us for details.

Activist Communiqué: Support G20 arrestee, Kelly Pflug-Back

Please chip in to support more articles like this. Support rabble.ca today for as little as $1 per month!

Call Out for day of action to support Kelly Pflug-Back, G20 political prisoner

I wanted to pass alongthe following note I received in my inbox:

On July 19 our friend Kelly Rose Pflug-Back was sentenced to 15 months in jail followed by 3 years of probation for her involvement in the Black Bloc at the Toronto G20. The crown stated that this sentencing was meant to send a clear message that the actions of the Black Bloc would not be tolerated. Kelly spent much of the preceding year under house arrest and strict conditions, designed to isolate her from the movement and disable her from doing the work she believes in. Yet through it all Kelly has remained active, strong, and defiant!

On August 5, we are asking you to organize events in your communities in support of Kelly! Letter writing events are already being organized in Toronto, Victoria, and Vancouver. Fundraisers are also needed to keep her in touch with her loved ones. The crown wishes to send a message and we want you to help us send a message back; Kelly will never be forgotten, and we will never give up! May every letter to Kelly be a love letter to resistance! Let her imprisonment be a catalyst for action!

A facebook group has been set up to help Kelly's supporters connect and coordinate their efforts, and to keep people updated on any new developments or needs. Please let us know if you are organizing public events in solidarity with Kelly.

To learn more about Kelly and what she has been through check out any of the following:

Interview with Kelly (per-sentencing)
http://profaneexistence.org/2012/05/21/behind-the-black-mask-shattered-g...

Every prisoner Is a Political prisoner: A Memoir
http://www.crimethinc.com/blog/2012/07/23/every-prisoner-is-a-political-...

Kelly Pflug-Back sentenced to 15 months for Black Bloc attacks in Toronto
http://anarchistnews.org/content/kelly-kelly-pflug-back-sentenced-15-mon...

A book of her poetry has also just been published called These Burning Streets
http://www.combustionbooks.org/products-page/poetry/these-burning-streets/

Kelly's mailing address is:

Kelly Pflug-Back
Vanier Centre for Women
P.O.Box 1040
655 Martin Street
Milton, Ontario
L9T 5E6 Canada

#30# 

Thank you for reading this story…

More people are reading rabble.ca than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all, while striving to make it sustainable as well. Media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our main supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help. You are what keep us sustainable.

rabble.ca has staked its existence on you. We live or die on community support -- your support! We get hundreds of thousands of visitors and we believe in them. We believe in you. We believe people will put in what they can for the greater good. We call that sustainable.

So what is the easy answer for us? Depend on a community of visitors who care passionately about media that amplifies the voices of people struggling for change and justice. It really is that simple. When the people who visit rabble care enough to contribute a bit then it works for everyone.

And so we’re asking you if you could make a donation, right now, to help us carry forward on our mission. Make a donation today.

Comments

We welcome your comments! rabble.ca embraces a pro-human rights, pro-feminist, anti-racist, queer-positive, anti-imperialist and pro-labour stance, and encourages discussions which develop progressive thought. Our full comment policy can be found here. Learn more about Disqus on rabble.ca and your privacy here. Please keep in mind:

Do

  • Tell the truth and avoid rumours.
  • Add context and background.
  • Report typos and logical fallacies.
  • Be respectful.
  • Respect copyright - link to articles.
  • Stay focused. Bring in-depth commentary to our discussion forum, babble.

Don't

  • Use oppressive/offensive language.
  • Libel or defame.
  • Bully or troll.
  • Post spam.
  • Engage trolls. Flag suspect activity instead.